Joe Puryear and David Gottlieb on Jobo Rinjang's summit, April 22nd, 2009. October 27 the saga ended. Climbing Labuche Kang with David, a cornice broke off and Joe fell. A massive outcry from the mountaineering community following the accident showed just how popular Joe had been.
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ExplorersWeb Week in Review

Posted: Dec 03, 2010 01:56 am EST
More than a week passed; lots has gone down. Here the main headlines from the past month at ExplorersWeb.

Joe Puryear, lost in Tibet Alpinists Joe Puryear and David Gottlieb were known at ExWeb for spectacular climbs such as the 2008 first ascent of Kang Nachugo in Rolwaling Himal. In 2009 they bagged the virgin summit of Lunag Ri/Jobo Rinjang and compiled a complete list of the surrounding peaks for those who will follow. October 27 this year the saga ended. Climbing Labuche Kang with David, a cornice broke off and Joe fell. A massive outcry from the mountaineering community following the accident showed just how popular Joe had been.

Ama Dablam rescue crash kills legend pilot On November 7, news broke about a Fishtail Air chopper crash on Ama Dablam north face. David Göttler and Kazuya Hiraide were rescued, pilots Sabin Basnet and Purna Awale lost their lives. Only this past spring, Basnet had performed the amazing rescue at 7,000 meters on Annapurna.

Himalaya wrap American Kyle Dempster and Scott Bruce Normand are back from China's Minya Konka 6000ers with two new routes under their belts. Nepal peaks have folded after the last teams left Ama Dablam and Spaniards were rejected by high winds on Pumori.

Marty Schmidt clears up Ama Dablam In a phone call home, Marty claimed the season's first Ama Dablam summit. In the heat of the moment, he didn't mention he was not alone on top, which prompted his summit mate Ankaji Sherpa to publish an amendment to ExplorersWeb. Marty was fast to apologize.

Winter GI pre-expedition report by Gerfried Göschl and Louis Rousseau Karakoram winter expeditions are on increase. Several expeditions are expected this season to the notoriously empty winter peaks and if you are giving it a thought yourself, then start looking now for partners, expect trouble, and to break your piggy bank according to a pre-expedition report by Himalaya Winter Climb novices Göschl and Rousseau.

Lonnie Dupre for Denali winter climb During an Arctic career spanning 25 years, Lonnie Dupre has traveled over 15,000 miles throughout the high Arctic and polar regions by dog team, ski and kayak. Dupre is now planning a winter climb on Denali, where only nine expeditions totaling 16 people have ever reached the summit in winter.

Pakistani women going for it in winter If you think that whistling isn't ladylike, you won't like this either: Dur Begum, Farzana Fasial, Takat Bika, Shakeela Numa, Merah Jabeen, Gohar Nigar and Hafiza Bano from the Shimshal Mountaineering School will face the Karakoram winter for a 6000er double-header as the first Pakistani all-women expedition. And after topping-out Chaskin Sar this past summer, Pakistani 18-year-old female climber Samina Baig is ready for Mingligh Sar (6,050m). Samina will again team up with brother Mirza Ali, plus Yausaf Khan and American Jennifer Rawlins. The expedition kicks-off next week.

Hervé Barmasse: The vertical future of Shimshal women 150 years ago, villagers in the Alps patiently waited out winters, hoping to work as porters during the summer. Hervé Barmasse has launched the "Pakistan Winter Sport" project to provide a similar opportunity for local mountain guides in Shimshal male and female.

Sophie aiming high: from Peruvian Andes to the fourteen 8000ers In 2008, Sophie Denis saw the word from the top of Everest, at 29 years old. This summer the young French climber has led some cool climbs in Peru's Cordillera Blanca with a big goal in mind: the Himalayan giants -- all 14 of them actually.

Sean Burch, Nepal Goodwill Ambassador The Nepal Tourism Board held a press conference in Kathmandu, acknowledging Sean Burchs achievement with his run across Nepal. He will receive a Goodwill Ambassadorship from Nepal. Sean and the NTB also announced further cooperation to help develop communities living along the GHT. ExWeb attended the meeting.

Antarctica: Arctic Trucks at the South Pole It was not an uneventful drive. The Trucks were called to rescue a man who fell in a crevasse following a walk from the luxury camp White Desert, and then had to slow down to 20km/h in the last 200 kilometer before the South Pole due to sastrugi (think icy speed bumps every ten ft). But the Iceland drivers and their Indian Science team finally arrived at 90 degrees South as the first expedition to the South Pole this season. It was cold down there, minus 52°C, they reported to ExWeb, and a strong wind.

ExWeb interview with Aron Reynisson, It is by no means easy to drive to the South Pole The Icelandic drivers and their Arctic Trucks operate in remote polar areas. Manager Aron Reynisson told ExWeb more about the drivers/ mechanics and the modified vehicles that they use on Antarctica this season to assist three expeditions to the South Pole by travelling from Novolazarevskaya.

Antarctic wrap-up The Ilyushin flights from Punta Arenas were weather delayed but a Tweet sent over Contact 5 software from inside the Russian cargo plane marked the kick-off. The Expeditions are on their way and with 3 flights back to back with the Ilyushin-76 we are back on schedule, confirmed ALEs Mike Sharp to ExplorersWeb November 26. The long distance skiers made their way up the steep area out of HI. Mountain teams flew to Vinson base camp and took gear to C1. Union Glacier runway replaces PH this year as new BC 70km north-west of Patriot Hills.

2010-11 Antarctic expedition list A Hercules Inlet - SP return solo ski has never been done before, but this year Chris Foot is ready for the challenge. An Indian Army team will be skiing with Devon McDiarmid. Hannah McKeand is back, as well as another team of Fuchs Foundation science teachers.

ExWeb interview with Col. Anand Swaroop: Indian Army ready to take the South Pole The Indian Army is trained, ready and motivated and wants to face the challenge, said the leader of the group, Colonel Swaroop to ExplorersWeb. The eight men will attempt an unassisted, unsupported expedition from Hercules Inlet to the SP with guides from Canada and Norway.

ExWeb interview with Damien Gildea Australian climber and polar skier, Damien Gildea has published a new book on Antarctic mountaineering. He chatted with ExWeb about the research behind the book, stretching over more than a decade, about the climbers he has met and about the areas he has visited and would most like to visit.

Interview with Eric McNair-Landry: Mongolian and Russian lakes, rivers, locals and vodka The Vada team was a motivated, easy going team with a large scope of skills, and the ability to paddle after sharing vodka with the locals, said Eric about the four young Canadians who paddled the rivers and lakes in Mongolia and Russia. ExWeb caught up with the Polar world record kite skier after the trip.

Sherri Jo Update; Naked men everywhere "I walked around the city with my mouth wide open. I have been to Europe before, but I just totally forgot that people live this way!! Especially after traveling through modest and quiet Siberia for so long, this place blew me away. And then I start noticing the city has quite a collection of naked men..."

Oli Broom update; Oztralian Outback After cycling 25 000 kilometers (15 500 miles) during 14 months from England, Oli Broom reached his goal by making it in time for the opening Ashes Test at The Gabba in Brisbane, Australia.

25 separate journeys of 1000 miles Dave Cornwaite is preparing Expedition 1000, which involves twenty-five separate journeys of 1000 miles or more, each one using a different form of non-motorised transport. Canadian Canoe, Horse, Paraglider and Freecross, dogs, pedalo, rowing boat, unicycle, human powered hydrofoil and windsurfer.

ExWeb Interview with Ed Stafford, Amazon walker If you are contemplating a walk from the source of the Amazon river to the sea, you might want to know that it will take around 860 days. Ed Stafford did it in that time at least and ExWeb caught up with him for the scoop.

Expedition in East Africa from the lowest to the highest In January, 2011, American Kyle Henning will begin his human-powered expedition from the lowest point on the African continent to the highest. Starting at Lake Assal, Djibouti, he will bicycle more than 3,000km through six countries to the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, trek to the summit of Uhuru.

Equestrian World Ride temporarily halted due to animal abuse One horse physically abused, the other systematically starved: founders of the Long Riders Guild, CuChullaine and Basha O´Reilly, temporarily halted their equestrian journey around the world due to the neglect of their animals.

Female first to break the 50 knots kiting barrier French-Italian Charlotte Consorti became the fastest female kiter in the world and the first woman to break the 50 knot barrier during the Luderitz Speed Challenge in Namibia. Next she is aiming for the magical 54 knots (100 km/h) record.

Solo sailor pedals to success French sailor Franck Cammas has taken a new approach to sailing solo over the Atlantic. Installing a bicycle to power the massive winches in his gigantic multihull, Cammas won the Route du Rhum, a true classic in the sailing world.

Kayakers' Mount Everest climbed for only the third time A big swell from the southern ocean, angry fur seals and a clumsy elephant seal dragging all his 2 ton body over one of the kayaks in the middle of the night could not stop Simen Havig-Gjelseth, Sigrid Henjum, Tormod Austring, and Dag Marius Ammerud who reached Grytviken after a successful 20 days circumnavigation of South Georgia Thursday morning. They are only the third kayak expedition to have made it round what most kayakers consider their Mount Everest.

Erden arrives in Madagascar The cyclone season put a stop to Erden Erducs goal of being the first to row solo from mainland Australia to mainland Africa as part of his great human powered global circumnavigation. Following an astonishing 137 days out at sea (by far the longest row yet over the Indian Ocean), on November 26 Erden hauled his rowing boat up on the island of Madagascar. Erden is now second only to Peter Bird to have spent the longest time out at sea in a rowing boat (Bird spent 937 days and died on the voyage). Erden Erduc latest received two prestigious prices for his ongoing Around-n-Over expedition, one for its exemplary value for the youth.

The Long Walk to Freedom The Long Walk to Freedom has been made an international bestseller and a Hollywood movie is due soon based on Slavomir Rawicz famous account of a 6500 kilometer walk to escape from a prison in Siberia. Three young Poles discovered a different story by tracing his footsteps. The true hero is Witold Glinski, they told ExplorersWeb.

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